The personal information, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses, of millions of Instagram-influencers for unknown time online been, reported TechCrunch on Monday. The data were linked to public profile information.
The data were understandable by a server that was not protected with a password. According to the American news site there were details of at least 49 million accounts.
In addition to influencers, people with a large online reach through social media marketing companies included, in the database, also data of accounts of celebrities and companies. Exactly who become a victim of the data collection, the coverage is not clear.
According to TechCrunch was the unprotected server from management of the Indian company Chtrbox, that works with influencermarketing. The database was taken offline after the news site, the company approached for a comment.
Presumably the data are collected using a method known as ‘scraping’. It collects a automatically program the data. Because this is against the rules of Instagram, says a spokesman for parent company Facebook that the company the case study.
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